Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Graphic Series: Beauty



The Beauty, volume 1
by Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley
Image Comics
Publication date: March 22, 2016

Description from the publisher:
Modern society is obsessed with outward beauty. What if there was a way to guarantee you could become more and more beautiful every day? What if it was a sexually transmitted disease? In the world of The Beauty, physical perfection is only one sexual encounter away. The vast majority of the population has taken advantage of it, but Detectives Vaughn and Foster will soon discover it comes at a terrible cost. Now, they'll have to find their way past corrupt poiticians, vengeful federal agents, and a terrifying mercenary out to collect the price on their heads. Collects the first six issues of the critically acclaimed, Pilot Season winning series by writer/artist JEREMY HAUN (Constantine, Batwoman) and co-writer JASON A. HURLEY. "...a high concept that is, frankly, genius..." - multiversitycomics.com "This is absolutely a book to check out." - all-comic.com "...one of the strongest introductions to a series in a long time..." comicbookresources.com
My thoughts:

The hard part with the graphic series is that where we live, there are no bookstores, much less a comic store. Our town has a small bookstore that also sells maps, kitsch and CDs. Their books mostly consist of Hawaiiana books. It usually is not a problem except that now I got hooked into this series with no way to get future issues except through the Internet. I am so sick of teenage vampires and other immortals who stay young and beautiful, which is why this series is so fresh and out of the box! As a society, we are obsessed with beauty. Selfies using beauty apps are HUGE, so imagine a world where a sexually transmitted disease actually makes you beautiful and physically perfect after just one sexual encounter. The creators know exactly what would happen. We would have millions of people trying to get the disease. Add in a power hungry pharmaceutical company hiding a cure for the right monetary amount and the fabulous twist that after about 22 months with this disease,  like ebola with a short incubation period people suddenly explode out, and you have a hit! This story line is genius and of course I am left with a huge cliff hanger and two main characters who could explode at any moment, so Jeremy and Jason, get working!

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